Volt­age, the big­gest party of the year for teens, takes place New Year’s Eve

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On De­cem­ber 31st, Moose Jaw and Area youth will get a chance to ring in the New Year at a high en­ergy, ac­tion-packed all-night event for teens.

The event, ‘Volt­age 2 018 Un­chained’ is an an­nual chem-free event for teens to en­joy on the fi­nal night of the year into the New Year. It is the largest event of its kind for teens in Saskatchewan. Volt­age 2018 Un­chained will be held at Hill­crest Church start­ing at 8 p.m.

It’s an ac­tion-packed night of ad­ven­ture and fun for all in­volved with ar­cades, in­flat­a­bles, art, drama, a spa and a mini movie the­atre. Con­tests and com­pe­ti­tions abound, and suc­cess­ful com­peti­tors are re­warded with epic prizes. The fun con­tin­ues with live en­ter­tain­ment on the Side Stage and hot food in the Mid­night Café.

Joe Dueck, Di­rec­tor of Joe’s Place Youth Cen­ter says this year prom­ises to be even big­ger and bet­ter. “It’s an all-night event un­til 6am the next day. It’s go­ing to be ex­tremely fun again this year with lots of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to do like karaoke, games, a puppy room and lots more! Our theme this year is, ‘un­chained’ which in­di­cates be­ing free from things that may ‘chain’ us down in life and hold us back. Ev­ery ac­tiv­ity will com­pli­ment this theme which will adopt a steam­punk time travel look and feel. We’ll have a me­chan­i­cal bull, axe-throw­ing, Alice in Won­der­land and a lot more.”

He says this is not only a fun event but an im­por­tant one that is held each year for youth in the com­mu­nity.

“The rea­son we first got in­volved in host­ing this event is that we know that New Year’s Eve can be a night when youth might make un­wise de­ci­sions and re­gret some of the things, they might do at an un­su­per­vised house party some­where. Of course, there’s al­ways a chance of drink­ing and driv­ing so we just wanted to of­fer a chem-free party all night long which means there’s less chance for kids to get into trou­ble.”

Volt­age will also fea­ture per­for­mance by West of Here, a band out of Al­berta. They will do a show at mid­night for the count­down to New Year ses­sion and a full show at 4 a.m. at the con­cert ses­sion. Ev­ery year at Volt­age, 500+ teens from Moose Jaw and sur­round­ing area ring in the new year with­out the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol. Months of care­ful plan­ning cul­mi­nate in 10 hours of live en­ter­tain­ment, mu­sic, cos­tumes, con­tests, com­pe­ti­tions, prizes, food and more.

The in­cred­i­ble en­ergy and ex­cite­ment of the “Count­down to New Year” ses­sion will stay with you for weeks to come. This mem­o­rable event is made pos­si­ble through count­less hours given by vol­un­teers and gen­er­ous do­na­tions made by the com­mu­nity. This year’s Volt­age tit­tle spon­sor is Conexus Credit Union.

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